Once again, it’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Thanks to them for their wonderful meme and themes.
This week’s ten was more challenging for me. If I think of all the authors I enjoy from times gone by, it’s not too difficult. When it comes to more recent authors it gets a little tricky. The fact is, most of the people who are on my list are dead, many of them for more than 100 years. Most authors I like who are among the living come out with books fairly frequently. Also, maybe because I have a book backlog, I’m not so caught up with most of my authors that I have the *right* to want them to write more!
Anyway. I came up with seven
First thing are my great but long dead authors who I wish there were more books from.
1. Jane Austen. Because she’s great and I do wonder what she would make of her “industry” if she were around today (no doubt, she’d be savvy whatever her feelings were).
2. Charles Dickens. I haven’t even read all his work (and once you move past novel length books there’s still a lot out there). All the same, I’d like to know there were more books out there.
3. Wilkie Collins. I haven’t read a lot of him either, but since he was a detective story pioneer, I’d love to see what he’d do with the genre as it exists now.
The next two didn’t die so long ago, but they wrote very few books.
4. Stieg Larsson. I’m reading The Girl Who Played with Fire and still have The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest to go, but there’s something about picking up an author knowing they only wrote a few books. If you like them, you know it’s going to hurt when you get to the end. I have a number of quibbles and problems with these books, but, they’re page turners.
5. Kate Ross. Sigh. From what I’ve picked up about Ross, she was a lawyer who wrote four Regency-era set mysteries featuring a bon vivant named Julian Kestrel. I don’t think she ever got really famous, but she developed a following and then died of cancer in her early 40s in the 1990s. When I first picked up her books, they were intriguing, but the author information told the story and I knew going in that there were only four mysteries and then it was done. A shame for many reasons. I have read the first three Cut to the Quick, A Broken Vessel, and Whom the Gods Love, and have had the fourth, The Devil in Music sitting on my shelves for the better part of 10 years. I keep promising myself I’ll read it if I achieve something I really want, but when I achieve it, I reset the bar. For whatever reason, I don’t want to be done with Ross.
And, authors who are writing, but if I could tell them what to write in a future book, here’s what I’d say.
6. He’s been writing, but I wish Peter Høeg would write another book featuring Smilla Jaspersen. Smilla’s Sense of Snow captivated me when I read it in the mid-1990s. And I think Lisbeth Salander owes a lot to Smilla (in fact, I wonder about some of the similarities sometimes), a small, tough, outsider (in Scandinavia) who will stop at nothing to discover the truth.
7. Again, I’m a little behind (haven’t read Smokin’ Seventeen or Explosive Eighteen so maybe something has happened on this front), but as much as I love Stephanie Plum (and I grew up in Hamilton, NJ) I wish there were some forward movement and she wasn’t still so conflicted about which boy she wants to be with. So I wish Janet Evanovich would resolve that part of the plot, at least for a little while.
And that’s it. This week my top ten is a seven!
Update: I accidentally set this to post on Monday (lost track of my days…), so it’s dated Jan. 9th and posted simultaneously with the previous post, which was meant to be the only post for the 9th! Oops!
Who would you like to see another book from? Or which author would you like to “nudge”? If you have a list of your own, link away!